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Specialty Training and Coaching
for Pharmacists who plan to work with Athletes
Awareness, Competence, Confidence
Established Integrity Standards and Experienced Pharmacy Practices
SPORTS PHARMACY REQUIRES SPECIALTY TRAINING
Set the standard for pharmacists’ professional and ethical involvement in the care of patient-athletes and exercise enthusiasts.
Strengthen pharmacists’ professional involvement in sports and ethical, clinical care of athletes.
Support advanced-training for pharmacist to participate in the care of patient-athletes.
Provide a global network where sports pharmacy professionals collaborate, connect, and grow.
If you are an athlete seeking an IOC Drugs in Sport Certified Pharmacist, with advanced training in sports medicine and banned substances, contact us for precision health connections. ISPN prefers to work with your current personal pharmacist and physician. Your personal pharmacist should always check with your national or regional anti-doping agency for the most current information with you. That pharmacist can become a competent resource for athletes with additional introductory training.
This is not a Drug Information website for patient-athletes, but sports pharmacists can do this service for you!
Sports Pharmacists have advanced training and experience to personalize a medication and supplement plan for you. Using the antidoping resources from the governing body of an athlete’s sport and the antidoping agencies’ lists of what is not okay, the sports pharmacist skillfully recommends appropriate medications or over-the-counter products for the individual’s medical needs. Pharmacists then counsel on how to correctly use them to treat a medical condition, along with monitoring for side effects and when to stop taking the medication or seek further medical care. Pharmacists, in general, are highly-trained in selecting non-prescription self-treatments, genuine drug experts.
Sports pharmacists are registered pharmacists with advanced training and awareness, working in sports medicine and / or supporting athletes health and wellbeing. We are specially trained to recognize and avoid banned prescriptions, recommend appropriate over-the-counter medications, and discuss the risks associated with dietary supplements or nutritional products (we understand high performance athletes will use them, and we cannot eliminate the risk, unfortunately); address the special pharmaceutical needs; design personalized medication therapy goals in collaboration with the prescribers– for exercise enthusiasts or any level of athlete. Sports pharmacists are drug experts within the athlete’s entourage.
Anyone working in sports pharmacy must stay up-to-date on rules and banned substances lists.
Accessible and knowledgeable, pharmacists who have training in sports medicine, doping control, major event organization, or other niches of sports are invaluable to the world antidoping effort. Sports pharmacists work with athletes as individual patients, within a sports organization, at antidoping agencies, or as part of sporting events polyclinical and pharmacy operations teams. Academia and research are other areas of sports pharmacy. Sports pharmacists provide medication reference and procurement as part of the sports medicine team and often assist, directly and indirectly.
Many pharmacists working with athletes begin with self training. Pharmacy schools across the globe lack of formalized training programs. FIP Guidelines, Drug Free Sport International (Home Study courses) and WADA ADEL are just a starting point for additional education.
Pharmacists provide the foundation for safe and effective medication use and over-the-counter self-treatment choices for any health-conscious person, any avid or evolving exercise routines and up to the professional athlete.
- Pharmacists offer consultant services to individual patients, called comprehensive medication reviews or pharmacogenomics.
- Pharmacists support other healthcare professionals, offer evidence-based recommendations for therapeutic decisions.
- Pharmacists monitor the effectiveness of medications, compliance of medication use, and redirect unsafe use or misuse of drugs or other substances, and make referral for additional care.
- Pharmacists are available and accessible healthcare providers.
- Personal pharmacists should be anyone’s primary resource for personalized drug information.
- Pharmacists provide an excellent drug information resource for anyone arriving at the intersection of intense physical exercise and medication decisions– the advanced training of a competent pharmacist can do so for competitive athletes.
- Pharmacists procure medication supplies or assist in locating specialty medications
- Pharmacists assist in travel planning and vaccination.
Around the world, level of participation by pharmacists in sports or with patient-athletes varies significantly. Training and formal education differs widely, as well. Japan has many trained Sports Pharmacist(R). Qatar offers one of the few sports pharmacy residency programs. Turkey has a masters program for sports pharmacy. Most other countries have aspiring pharmacists acting as trailblazers in sports and athletics, often athletes themselves. Several schools of pharmacy are pioneering new programs entitled sports pharmacy or human performance.
IOC offers a Certificate program for Drugs in Sports as an introductory course.
WADA provides the ADEL platform.
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